nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)

The sleet picked up about half an hour after last night's pictures. It was really coming down! It kept up steadily until well after dawn, doubling or tripling the amount on the ground. I bundled up and wandered around the neighborhood, taking lots of pictures. I really walked a long way; probably about 3 miles.

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I love the variety of leaf color.
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The set for all the pictures is here.

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)

This morning was cold - upper 30s, with a strong gusty wind. I got to walk in it a lot, too, because I went out to lunch from work, so that was more being outside in the wind. The temperature kept falling, too, and I think the wind chill was 10 degrees cooler than the air temperature.

When I left work about 4:45, freezing rain had been coming down lightly but steadily for hours. I had to scrape a tough layer of ice off my windshields before I could drive. At that point the car said the temperature was 30° (32° is freezing in Fahrenheit), so ice was on parked cars but the roads were still just wet. (I didn't cross any bridges, though, so those may have already been icing.)

I stopped at a friend's house and picked up a trunkful of fire wood. I had considered stopping at the grocery store for a few things, but the parking lots were packed! I won't starve, so I didn't stop. Cantata rehearsal was canceled, too, so I just came home.  I did a few things outside, too, and discovered that ice was just beginning to build up on the driveway.

After building a fire, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to rearrange furniture and put up the Christmas tree. So I turned on a favorite movie (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and have been working away since then.  The rain has been falling steadily, too - both freezing rain and sleet. It's the strangest sound - a sort of hissing - from the tiny pellets of ice hitting a hard surface. The sidewalk is starting to whiten.

Glad I'm not going anywhere tomorrow! (Unless the roads clear enough to have rehearsal!) Although I may go for a walk, provided the sidewalks aren't super slippery.

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (sailing)
Work is a bit stressful this week. So much is going on! I'm glad for this meme, because then I think about the positive. And there's plenty of it.

Monday, 10 December

1. Cold weather! It finally feels like Christmas.  Cloudy and windy going in to work in the morning, wind chill in the low 20s.
2. #1 meant that I got to wear some of my super-warm clothes. Like the sweatshirt fleece dress I got from eShakti last year. I love it! Not only does it feel like I'm wearing a lightweight, cozy blanket, it's as cute as all get-out.
3. A quiet evening at home (after a quick rehearsal of a piece for upcoming choir concerts). I didn't cook, but I had a nice dinner, and ended up tricking myself into cleaning off the bar counter in my kitchen. It's been accumulating mail and whatnots since May. It feels so good to have it clean again.
4. A final hour doing a little sewing. And then to bath and bed!

Wow!

8 March 2012 12:48 pm
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (winter stormy)
Remember this?  16°F temperature drop in 1 hour by the clock.  Well, we've just blown through that.




Yep, that's 21 degrees in 1 hour, from 11 AM to noon.  Yikes!!!

Not only that, but after a night that barely hit 67°, with gentle south/eastern winds, we've gone to cold north winds gusting above 30 mph and cold blowing rain.  What a yucky day! Naturally, it's my busy day - work, then chiropractor, then dinner, then voice lesson, then choir rehearsal, then practice of two special ensemble pieces (partially via Skype) for the concert tomorrow night. *dies*  At least I dressed [mostly] practically. (I suspect I'll want my real coat instead of the trench...)

I knew it was supposed to be chilly with rain today, but I honestly did not expect anything this abrupt or extreme. Wow!

Brr!

17 January 2012 10:50 am
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (winter stormy)
It's been an incredibly mild winter so far. Except for a very low-20s (F) dip in early Deceember (much earlier than we usually get what passes for Serious Cold), this winter has been mild. More than a few days have been in the 60s, and several in the 70s in the last 30 days. That doesn't mean it still isn't winter. And a hallmark of Texas winter is Sudden Change.*

This morning is probably the most striking example of a winter Sudden Change that I've documented. See the red circles:



In the hour from 7 AM to 8 AM, the temperature dropped 16 degrees.  Sixteen!!!


I've seen 20-30 degree temperature drops in the course of a morning, or an afternoon, or whenever a front hits.  That's spectacular enough, and leaves an unwary person in the position of going to work in comfortable shirt sleeves, and freezing on the way to the car in the evening. But 16 degrees in one hour is as sudden a drop as I've ever seen.  You can see from the blue circle that the wind had already shifted to the northwest, so the front had started coming in. The weather station just happened to catch the temperature extremes in its hourly recordings.

The front isn't even that strong. We've stayed steady at 43° for several hours since then, and aren't supposed to get much below 30° tonight. It's just the speed that it came in with.

Never a dull moment!

* For once Wikipedia continues to fail me, but I do have another link. An apparently Texas term for a very strong, very fast-moving cold front is "Blue Norther." Just as with this morning. Sometimes it is visible as a low, very dense line of blue-gray-black clouds approaching from the north-northwest.  These are the fronts that bring dramatic 20-60° temperature drops in 24 hours. They often seem to come when the weather's been warm; and since both warm and winter-like weather can happen anywhere from October to April, it's easy to be caught by surprise.  In North Texas it's not usually severe, but I understand that in the Panhandle these fronts used to be (maybe still are) dreaded by ranchers. They can bring very heavy snow, and combined with the wind, can lead to the the deaths of many cattle.
This is the closest picture I found in a fast interwebs survey to what I have seen and term "blue norther" clouds, although it doesn't actually show the leading edge - IMHO the most striking part. It does show some of the blue color.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (winter sun)
...that make you sad, or make you happy.

I'm happy this time, because I managed to put my little 1920s Weather Pixie on my main journal page! Aww... :p

And speaking of the weather, after a comparatively mild January (highs mostly in the 60s), we're scheduled for a potential ice event on Friday, with lows back in the 20s.  We're supposed to get a good amount of rain, too, with possibly a thunderstorm today. I wore overshoes to work. ;)

Class tonight, and then choir. I'm probably going to need the overshoes!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (winter sun)
...that make you sad, or make you happy.

I'm happy this time, because I managed to put my little 1920s Weather Pixie on my main journal page! Aww... :p

And speaking of the weather, after a comparatively mild January (highs mostly in the 60s), we're scheduled for a potential ice event on Friday, with lows back in the 20s.  We're supposed to get a good amount of rain, too, with possibly a thunderstorm today. I wore overshoes to work. ;)

Class tonight, and then choir. I'm probably going to need the overshoes!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (weather)
Instead of at work. Because the roads are nasty.  Freezing drizzle is Bad Bull.  And taking a couple hours of vacation to stay at home is much preferable to risking a car wreck or sitting in traffic for twice as long (hence resulting in used vacation hours anyway).

Seriously - good night, it's cold out there!  It's like the blizzard was on Christmas Eve, except without the snow.  Bare branches of the pecan in the front yard and our neighbor's red oaks are really tossing in the wind. And the porch swing outside my window is in constant motion. It's 26 right now, wind gusting over 30 mph, and the wind chill is 13. We're supposed to make it up to 28 today - with the sun shining - and wind chills may get down to -1 tonight. Gack.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (weather)
Instead of at work. Because the roads are nasty.  Freezing drizzle is Bad Bull.  And taking a couple hours of vacation to stay at home is much preferable to risking a car wreck or sitting in traffic for twice as long (hence resulting in used vacation hours anyway).

Seriously - good night, it's cold out there!  It's like the blizzard was on Christmas Eve, except without the snow.  Bare branches of the pecan in the front yard and our neighbor's red oaks are really tossing in the wind. And the porch swing outside my window is in constant motion. It's 26 right now, wind gusting over 30 mph, and the wind chill is 13. We're supposed to make it up to 28 today - with the sun shining - and wind chills may get down to -1 tonight. Gack.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)
:p



It's 50 degrees right now, folks. FIFTY!  We've had a strong south wind all day.  But forget about it; that strong south wind will be changing to a strong NORTH wind, guesting to 40 mph.  The wind chill will be impressive and depressing.

Oh, and if the roads are icy, Dad and I may have an interesting slide drive to work.  (Or we may delay it, or not go in at all. We'll see!)

By the way, "FzgDz" = "freezing drizzle" and is a lot more typical of our winter precipitation than so-called ordinary things like snow.  Sleet and freezing rain, friends and neighbors, are bad for roads. It's called an ice storm, and it's nasty and dangerous.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)
:p



It's 50 degrees right now, folks. FIFTY!  We've had a strong south wind all day.  But forget about it; that strong south wind will be changing to a strong NORTH wind, guesting to 40 mph.  The wind chill will be impressive and depressing.

Oh, and if the roads are icy, Dad and I may have an interesting slide drive to work.  (Or we may delay it, or not go in at all. We'll see!)

By the way, "FzgDz" = "freezing drizzle" and is a lot more typical of our winter precipitation than so-called ordinary things like snow.  Sleet and freezing rain, friends and neighbors, are bad for roads. It's called an ice storm, and it's nasty and dangerous.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)

[livejournal.com profile] jordannamorgan just posted about the cold snap her part of Florida will be having, and that reminded me that my mother mentioned that our forecast said we'd be getting cold again later this next week.


Okay, I'm cold now. )

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. South wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north between 20 and 25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Thursday: Partly sunny and windy, with a high near 32.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 31.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 37.

15?! 
ACK!!  And the lowest high in December was still above 40!  Days entirely below freezing do happen, but it's usually wet and yucky and doesn't get a whole lot colder at night.  Helloooo Arctic airmass!  (No, I won't die, and I know it. :p  But notice this is another cold "snap" that doesn't go away quickly, even with full sun. Most unusual.)


Ooh, this is interesting; it's our "climate narrative" for December, verbatim from the National Weather Service:
FREQUENT COLD FRONTS KEPT TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL THROUGHOUT MUCHOF DECEMBER. AT DFW AIRPORT...THERE WERE 19 DAYS WITH HIGHS IN THE40S. THE NORMAL HIGH FOR DECEMBER IS 59.1 DEGREES. THE MONTHLY MEANTEMPERATURE WAS A FULL 4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...PLACING AS THE 11THCOLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD.
ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS...WINTRY PRECIPITATION ACCOMPANIED THE COLDWEATHER. SNOW FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH TEXAS ON DECEMBER 2 ANDACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL TEXAS ON DECEMBER 4. MORE EVENTS FOLLOWEDFROM CHRISTMAS EVE TO NEW YEARS EVE.ON DECEMBER 24...RARE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IMPACTED AREAS MAINLYNORTHWEST OF THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH METROPLEX. SOME LOCATIONSRECEIVED AS MUCH AS 9 INCHES OF SNOW...FROM JACKSBORO...TO BOWIE...TO NORTHWESTERN COOKE COUNTY. WINDS GUSTED OVER 50 MPH...WITH DRIFTSAS HIGH AS 3 TO 5 FEET. PORTIONS OF HIGHWAY 287 BETWEEN DECATUR ANDWICHITA FALLS WERE IMPASSABLE FROM CHRISTMAS EVE INTO THE MORNING OFCHRISTMAS DAY. FOR DALLAS/FORT WORTH...THE OFFICIAL SNOWFALL FOR THEEVENT WAS 3 INCHES...SMALL IN COMPARISON TO TOTALS JUST 50 MILES TOTHE NORTHWEST. BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW ON RECORD FORCHRISTMAS EVE...AND MANY AREAS HAD CONSIDERABLE SNOW REMAINING ONTHE GROUND THROUGHOUT CHRISTMAS DAY.ADDITIONAL SNOW EVENTS FOLLOWED ON DECEMBER 29 AND 31. PORTIONS OFMONTAGUE COUNTY MAINTAINED SNOWCOVER FROM CHRISTMAS EVE THROUGH NEWYEARS EVE.FOR DALLAS/FORT WORTH...THE 3.2 INCHES FOR THE MONTH WAS THE 2NDHIGHEST TOTAL ON RECORD FOR DECEMBER...BESTED ONLY BY THE 5.5 INCHESRECORDED ON DECEMBER 9, 1898.
DESPITE THE ABUNDANT SNOWFALL...THE PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR THEMONTH WAS BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITHBELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...BUT DFW AIRPORT ENDED THE YEAR ABOVENORMAL.

Wow! We set a record for December snowfall, and are only behind a record set back in 1898!


I've got MacLean on the brain, mostly thanks to Jordi already. (Yay for more MacLean movies!) It doesn't help that Daddy put down "Ice Station Zebra" as an answer to the category "Things That Are Cold" when we played Scattergories on New Year's Eve.  So I'm thinking this may turn out to be our Ice Station Zebra winter. :P

 

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Nhi Vanye i Chya)

[livejournal.com profile] jordannamorgan just posted about the cold snap her part of Florida will be having, and that reminded me that my mother mentioned that our forecast said we'd be getting cold again later this next week.


Okay, I'm cold now. )

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. South wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north between 20 and 25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Thursday: Partly sunny and windy, with a high near 32.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 31.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 37.

15?! 
ACK!!  And the lowest high in December was still above 40!  Days entirely below freezing do happen, but it's usually wet and yucky and doesn't get a whole lot colder at night.  Helloooo Arctic airmass!  (No, I won't die, and I know it. :p  But notice this is another cold "snap" that doesn't go away quickly, even with full sun. Most unusual.)


Ooh, this is interesting; it's our "climate narrative" for December, verbatim from the National Weather Service:
FREQUENT COLD FRONTS KEPT TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL THROUGHOUT MUCHOF DECEMBER. AT DFW AIRPORT...THERE WERE 19 DAYS WITH HIGHS IN THE40S. THE NORMAL HIGH FOR DECEMBER IS 59.1 DEGREES. THE MONTHLY MEANTEMPERATURE WAS A FULL 4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...PLACING AS THE 11THCOLDEST DECEMBER ON RECORD.
ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS...WINTRY PRECIPITATION ACCOMPANIED THE COLDWEATHER. SNOW FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH TEXAS ON DECEMBER 2 ANDACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL TEXAS ON DECEMBER 4. MORE EVENTS FOLLOWEDFROM CHRISTMAS EVE TO NEW YEARS EVE.ON DECEMBER 24...RARE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IMPACTED AREAS MAINLYNORTHWEST OF THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH METROPLEX. SOME LOCATIONSRECEIVED AS MUCH AS 9 INCHES OF SNOW...FROM JACKSBORO...TO BOWIE...TO NORTHWESTERN COOKE COUNTY. WINDS GUSTED OVER 50 MPH...WITH DRIFTSAS HIGH AS 3 TO 5 FEET. PORTIONS OF HIGHWAY 287 BETWEEN DECATUR ANDWICHITA FALLS WERE IMPASSABLE FROM CHRISTMAS EVE INTO THE MORNING OFCHRISTMAS DAY. FOR DALLAS/FORT WORTH...THE OFFICIAL SNOWFALL FOR THEEVENT WAS 3 INCHES...SMALL IN COMPARISON TO TOTALS JUST 50 MILES TOTHE NORTHWEST. BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOW ON RECORD FORCHRISTMAS EVE...AND MANY AREAS HAD CONSIDERABLE SNOW REMAINING ONTHE GROUND THROUGHOUT CHRISTMAS DAY.ADDITIONAL SNOW EVENTS FOLLOWED ON DECEMBER 29 AND 31. PORTIONS OFMONTAGUE COUNTY MAINTAINED SNOWCOVER FROM CHRISTMAS EVE THROUGH NEWYEARS EVE.FOR DALLAS/FORT WORTH...THE 3.2 INCHES FOR THE MONTH WAS THE 2NDHIGHEST TOTAL ON RECORD FOR DECEMBER...BESTED ONLY BY THE 5.5 INCHESRECORDED ON DECEMBER 9, 1898.
DESPITE THE ABUNDANT SNOWFALL...THE PRECIPITATION TOTAL FOR THEMONTH WAS BELOW NORMAL. IT WAS THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITHBELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION...BUT DFW AIRPORT ENDED THE YEAR ABOVENORMAL.

Wow! We set a record for December snowfall, and are only behind a record set back in 1898!


I've got MacLean on the brain, mostly thanks to Jordi already. (Yay for more MacLean movies!) It doesn't help that Daddy put down "Ice Station Zebra" as an answer to the category "Things That Are Cold" when we played Scattergories on New Year's Eve.  So I'm thinking this may turn out to be our Ice Station Zebra winter. :P

 

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (...Oops.)
So the rain was a bust; we got 0.12 inches. Whee!  They got a lot in East Texas, though, including several tornado warnings. And there was rain west of us, but it stiffed us almost completely. C'est la vie.

But this morning, what do I see?

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (...Oops.)
So the rain was a bust; we got 0.12 inches. Whee!  They got a lot in East Texas, though, including several tornado warnings. And there was rain west of us, but it stiffed us almost completely. C'est la vie.

But this morning, what do I see?

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
I didn't realize that this front, which has dropped us now into the upper 30s from the lower 70s, brought snow to Amarillo.  Not just any snow, either.  Blizzard!  12 inches and counting!  In less than a day; I'm not sure exactly how many hours.

Huzzah for crazy March weather!  The Extreme Seesaw continues!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
I didn't realize that this front, which has dropped us now into the upper 30s from the lower 70s, brought snow to Amarillo.  Not just any snow, either.  Blizzard!  12 inches and counting!  In less than a day; I'm not sure exactly how many hours.

Huzzah for crazy March weather!  The Extreme Seesaw continues!
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
One of the biggest ones we've had in years, and this is an area that specializes in them.  I think the freezing rain has turn to sleet by now; and at 28*, projected to fall to 24* by morning, none of that frozen stuff is going anywhere.  It was drizzling all day, just enough to form ice on windshields, but we got home from work just fine. It didn't start really coming down until after 6 pm.  Fort Worth police have reported 400 accidents today, most of them after 6 pm.

Since it's shaping up to be one of the Nastiest Commutes Ever in the morning, Dad and I are going to sleep in. Instead of leaving at 6:45, we'll assess at 8 am.  It's nice to be safe and warm inside... I just hope the ice doesn't get heavy enough to break trees and power lines like in Oklahoma.  It shouldn't, but there's always the risk.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
One of the biggest ones we've had in years, and this is an area that specializes in them.  I think the freezing rain has turn to sleet by now; and at 28*, projected to fall to 24* by morning, none of that frozen stuff is going anywhere.  It was drizzling all day, just enough to form ice on windshields, but we got home from work just fine. It didn't start really coming down until after 6 pm.  Fort Worth police have reported 400 accidents today, most of them after 6 pm.

Since it's shaping up to be one of the Nastiest Commutes Ever in the morning, Dad and I are going to sleep in. Instead of leaving at 6:45, we'll assess at 8 am.  It's nice to be safe and warm inside... I just hope the ice doesn't get heavy enough to break trees and power lines like in Oklahoma.  It shouldn't, but there's always the risk.

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